Time to teach! Faculty, students, staff give legislators tips on earning a passing grade

After failing the Republican budget last fall, educators return to the capitol Feb. 15 to testify and share a syllabus with lawmakers on how to create a better Connecticut.

HARTFORD –Fed up with slashed funding and increased costs put on students and families to pay for public higher education, a coalition from Connecticut public universities and colleges will deliver a special syllabus to lawmakers this evening at a public hearing for the Appropriations Committee’s Higher Education subcommittee. Faculty, staff, and students from Connecticut’s public universities and colleges will testify beginning at 7:30 p.m. during the public portion of Thursday’s hearing.

Faculty developed this syllabus for legislators to advise lawmakers on how they can work to create a Connecticut where public higher education is accessible and affordable for all residents and maintains the highest standards of quality.

If law makers work hard this session to find alternatives to austerity and the race to the bottom, they can earn a passing grade, rather than another Big. Fat. F!

WHO:             Faculty, staff, students from Connecticut State Universities, community colleges and UConn.

WHAT:           Public testimony from students and faculty

WHERE:        Legislative Office Building, room 2C, Hartford

WHEN:           Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7:00 p.m.

WHY:             Because austerity is not the answer. Legislators need to hear from faculty and students on the front lines so legislators will know when they fail to invest in public higher education, they fail the young people of Connecticut and our state’s future.

“Thriving communities require strong economic and political commitment to public higher education,” said CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia. “The continued decline in funding today will lead to a decline in achievement, ingenuity, entrepreneurism and leadership tomorrow. And that puts Connecticut at risk of being left behind because public higher education provides Connecticut residents with the knowledge and skills they need to build a bright future for themselves and their families.”

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